We’d like to argue that a good sex scene in a feature film is far more titillating than porn can ever be. Emotional investment in the characters coupled with the magic of some expert editing, is far more effective than the internet’s plethora of low-rent pumping and grinding.

But this list isn’t about steamy scenes that set pulses racing. Our ten most iconic sex scenes have been chosen for the indelible impression they leave on the viewer – for better or worse. As some of our choices demonstrate, a carefully crafted carnal scene can even have a wider effect on society. Although others are just plain weird (see True Blood).

If you’re sitting in a busy office as you read this then we recommend saving the videos for after-hours. If not, then sit back and savour some S.E.X.

 

Art & Culture

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Art & Culture

The Interview: Gavin Turk

Published on 20 August 2014

“Inspiration often comes from a long gestation period of part constructed thoughts that somehow need to find a kind of wholeness.”

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Art & Culture

Ryan Gander

Published on 17 August 2014

Hidden away in a corner of Hampstead, artist Ryan Gander reinvents architect Ernö Goldfinger’s 1930s home.